Refer to VISTA Member Handbook: Chapter 2: Overview of Your Year in AmeriCorps VISTA


Before or during the Pre-Service Orientation for AmeriCorps VISTA candidates, you must complete various forms and administrative tasks to establish your AmeriCorps VISTA benefits tax withholding, and other conditions of service. These required administrative tasks include the following:

•End-of-service benefits election form. AmeriCorps VISTA members have a choice of two end-of-service benefits: the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or the end-ofservice stipend. Use the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits Election Form to choose either the stipend or the education award. (See Chapter 5 for information about the end-of-service stipend and Chapter 6 for details about the education award.)
•If you select the end-of-service stipend, you will not be able to switch to the education award.
•Direct Deposit Sign-Up Form. Completion of this form enables you to have your biweekly living allowance be deposited directly into your bank account. Direct deposit is now required for all federal payments. If you have not established a bank account, you need to do so and to take the direct deposit form to your bank for it to be completed. Return the form to your Corporation State Office.
AmeriCorps VISTA application, is correct. This address establishes the location to which you will return immediately following your year of service. Members recruited directly from college may consider their parents' address as their home of record and not the "temporary" address they used while in college (see Chapter 11)
•Your local address. If you relocate to a new community as part of your service, notify your Corporation State Office of your new local home address and telephone number as soon as possible.